Oral targeted therapies represent an increasingly important group of drugs within modern oncology. With the shift from intravenously to orally administered drugs, drug absorption is a newly introduced factor in drug disposition. The process of absorption can have a large effect on inter- and intrasubject variability in drug exposure and thereby potentially treatment benefit or the severity of toxicities. The intake of oral targeted therapies with food and concomitant use of acid-reducing agents (ARAs) can significantly affect drug absorption. The size and direction of the effect of food and ARAs on drug absorption varies among drugs as a result of different chemical characteristics. Therefore, an awareness and understanding of these effects for each drug is essential to optimize patient outcomes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery